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Characters: The Bartimaeus Trilogy
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One of the series' main protagonists. His chapters are always written in first person. Bartimaeus is a fourth (or fourteenth) level and ancient djinn, summoned in the trilogy by Nathaniel.
  • Been There, Shaped History: He often talks about past historical events he had a hand in.
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • The Cynic
  • Deadpan Snarker: To the point that he snarks in life or death situations.
  • Failure Knight: He continues to take Ptolemy's form centuries after his death.
  • Jackass Genie: A given in this universe, in fact if anything Bartimaeus is much nicer than most other genies, because he has no real desire to hurt innocents (all magicians are fair game, however).
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: His enslavement at the hands of countless magicians changed him into a cynic fairly fast.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He claims to hate humans, but actually is one of the nicer djinn.
  • Large Ham: Even his Inner Monologue sounds hammy.
  • Literal Genie: Like pretty much all of them, but not as extreme an example as many of them.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He is about mid-level in power as far as spirits go, but to hear him talk sometimes you'd think he's the top of the top. Though, djinni being very ancient, it's possible and even probable that he did participate in most of those historic events he brags about.
  • Noble Demon
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: When Kitty proves her trust by coming over to the Other Place, he chooses to help them stop the spirit rebellion even though it would be incredibly dangerous.
  • Self-Serving Memory
  • Smug Snake: Very much so, despite being semi-heroic. Most of his accomplishments are either exaggerated or through pure luck. Although he can pull off some genuinely amazing things when he gets down to brass tacks.
  • Unreliable Narrator: While he was genuinely involved in any number of historic events and has many legitimate feats to his name, a good number of his past "accomplishments" are exaggerated, made up, or technically true but far less impressive in context (his "speaking with Solomon" was brief and consisted mainly of pathetic grovelling on his part, for example.)
    • A notable example occurs near the climax of the first book: Bart describes himself as remaining calm and composed despite the dire situation. Immediately afterwards at the start of the next chapter, Nathaniel's third person perspective describes him as visibly panicking.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Grows into this with Nathaniel. Well, sort of.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: Right before Nathaniel and Bartimaeus kill him, Faquarl admits that he misses the Other Place and implies he envies their partnership.
  • Been There, Shaped History: He claims to have invented the Trojan Horse. Bartimaeus is skeptical but can't prove anything, as he was in Egypt at the time.
  • Chef of Iron: He's fond of taking the form of a meat-cleaver wielding chef, and has been hanging around kitchens since 700 BC. "Lots of nice sharp weapons in kitchens."
  • The Chessmaster
  • Curbstomp Battle: Gives one to four spirits who technically were at his level.
  • Death Seeker: Right after killing Faquarl, Bartimaeus ponders that Faquarl could have perfectly dodged his attack. Actually, Faquarl's last line suggests that he did choose to let himself be killed.
  • The Dragon: To Simon Lovelace, and later to Quentin Makepeace and Nouda.
    • Dragon-in-Chief: He may be weaker than Nouda, but Faquarl is the one who does most of the plotting for the spirit rebellion.
  • Evil Chef
  • Evil Counterpart: To Bartimaeus. The author even describes the relationship between the two as the friendship gone horribly wrong and that many similarities they share only magnify the enmity between them.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: By the third book, he has become this.
  • Friendly Enemy: Possibly the most collected and well-mannered spirit, even while facing his worst enemies.
  • Jack of All Stats: He's significantly stronger than Bartimaeus, and much more versatile and intelligent than Jabor. While Bartimaeus generally succeed in outmaneuvering him, it's clear that he considers Faquarl the biggest threat on the table.
  • The Man Behind the Man
  • Not So Different: By permanently stealing a magician's body and starting a violent spirit revolt, he becomes the very thing he resents.
  • The Rival: To Bartimaeus.
  • Rock Monster: Bartimaeus remembers Faquarl's oldest form as a slate giant crushing Greek hoplites under its feet.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He has one when he confronts Nathaniel and Bartimaeus, who are mind-linked together, and realizes that neither of them has any dominance over another.





Nouda the Terrible


  • The Dog Bites Back: Lovelace summoned Ramuthra to kill all of his enemies in one place. Once Lovelace loses his immunity to the being's powers, Ramuthra promptly eats him.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Even moreso than Nouda. His mere presence causes the elements to rebel against each other and reality to warp.

Uraziel the Great Spirit

The spirit of Solomon's Ring. By far the most powerful being seen in the series, eclipsing Marids and greater spirits like Ramuthra and Nouda with ease.


Nathaniel/John Mandrake

One of the series' main protagonist. At the start of the series, he is an ambitious and talented magician-in-training.

Kitty Jones

One of the series' main protagonists. She is a commoner who later joins the the Resistance to fight the injustices of the magicians.

Arthur Underwood

Simon Lovelace

The Mercenary / Verroq

Quentin Makepeace

Sholto Pinn

  • Almighty Janitor: Is a very powerful magician, but he prefers to hold a first line job in his franchise.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Although he is shown as an acquitance to Lovelace and Schyler and the man who sold them the summoning horn, he actually doesn't belong to their conspirating circle, and appears to be completely unaware of it.
  • Badass Grandpa: He is the only high-level magician to survive the events in the third book, and the only of them who puts a fight when Makepeace's spirits capture all them. In fact, given his lack of spirit aides in contrast with the rest of magicians, he could be one of the few of them who can hold his own without help from demons.
  • Fat Bastard
  • High-Class Glass: Uses a magic monocle instead of the more usual magic contact lenses wore by the magicians.
  • Magic Staff: His cane can fire energy shots.
  • Man in White: Wear white suits.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gets one cortesy from a spirit working for Makepeace.



  • Action Girl
  • Amazon Brigade: A ridiculously loyal member of it, until the last third of The Ring of Solomon, anyway...
  • Expy: Of Kitty in several ways.

Khaba the Cruel

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